Resources

All resources listed below are mainly free – some entries do ask for a nominal fee including conferences, workshops, and institutes. *Announcements in the Call for Writers section is updated monthly.

Visual Literati

RAOUL’S SILVER SONG, By Kalamu ya Salaam
The Women’s Movement, By JOAN DIDION, JULY 30, 1972
A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, by Francis Grose; 1788; London, S. Hooper.
Letter from a Region in My Mind, By James Baldwin, November 17, 1962 Issue – The New Yorker
Getting In and Out, Who owns black pain? By Zadie Smith – Harper’s Magazine
Toni Morrison on the Importance of Writing in the Face of Hate

Writing Courses

DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community
The Couch to 80k Writing Bootcamp
Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Reading Fiction, A term paper assignment from the author of Slaughterhouse-Five.
Creative Writing: A Master Class – Free iTunes Video – Alison Ersheid
Introduction to Poetry – Free iTunes Video – Lanette Cadle, Missouri State
Literary History of the Beats – Free Online Audio – Naropa University, Allen Ginsberg
Online Creative Writing Courses Offered Free by Top Universities and Educational Websites

Literary Syllabi

Allen Ginsberg’s “Celestial Homework”: A Reading List for His Class “Literary History of the Beats”
What Books Do Writers Teach?: Zadie Smith and Gary Shteyngart’s Syllabi from Columbia University
Junot Díaz’s Syllabi for His MIT Writing Classes, and the Novels on His Reading List

Creative Nostalgia

Introducing the New PEN America Digital Archive: 1,500 Hours of Audio & Video Featuring 2,200 Eminent Writers
What’s the Origin of Time Travel Fiction?: New Video Essay Explains How Time Travel Writing Got Its Start with Charles Darwin & His Literary Peers
Ernest Hemingway Creates a Reading List for a Young Writer, 1934

Inspirational Motivation

Writing motivation
#5onFri: Five Ways to Reinvigorate Your
Create Your Own Mini-Writing Retreat, By: Kathryn Haueisen Cashen | March 30, 2010
Quotes About Writing

Writing Conferences

30 Fantastic Writer’s Conferences for Authors, Bloggers and Freelancers
37 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2018

Become a Better Writer

150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively
365 Creative Writing Prompts
Toni Morrison Dispenses Sound Writing Advice: Tips You Can Apply to Your Own Work
Ray Bradbury Gives 12 Pieces of Writing Advice to Young Authors (2001)
Seven Tips From F. Scott Fitzgerald on How to Write Fiction
Writing Tips by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell

Call for Writers

Writing contests in your genre. Comprehensive Listing of writing opportunities for writers in any genre.
The 2nd Annual Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to afford two writers the time and solitude to help finish a book that is already in progress. The fellowship includes room and board at Las Vegas’ Writer’s Block in the fall or winter of 2018, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward airfare. There is no fee to apply.
Fall 2018 issue, Michigan Quarterly Review seeks submissions on the theme of Caregiving and Caregivers. The issue will be guest edited by Heather McHugh. We particularly encourage submissions from writers and artists who are themselves active caregivers.
TINKER MOUNTAIN WRITERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WORKSHOPS. Three partial scholarships will be awarded to writers who register for a workshop. Scholarships are $500 each and are applied to the $795 registration fee.
HUB CITY WRITERS HOUSE FELLOWSHIP.  The Writers House offers three residencies per year in an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, SC. The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a college degree in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree in writing. Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals.
ADVANCING BLACK ARTS IN PITTSBURGH. Deadline March 1, 2018. Individual artists in the Pittsburgh area and working in any discipline whose work focuses on black art — defined as the art of African Americans, Africa, and the larger diaspora — may apply for grants of up to $15,000 in support of their creative and career development, the creation of new works, and self-production of new works.
ADAPTATIONS: LIVING WITH CHANGE – NEW ORLEANS RESIDENCIES. Deadline April 16, 2018. Adaptations Residencies invite artists to examine how climate driven adaptations – large and small, historic and contemporary, cultural and scientific – are shaping our future. Adaptations Residencies will provide artists with time, space, scholarship and staff support to foster critical thinking and creation of new works.
ELIZA SO FELLOWSHIP. Deadline March 25, 2018. This month-long residency in Las Vegas will offer award recipients time and solitude to help them finish a book that is already in progress. The 2018 fellowships will include room and board at The Writer’s Block, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward travel.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIPS. Deadline March 7, 2018. Fellowships in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Non-matching grants are for $25,000.
BARBARA DEMING MEMORIAL FUND. Small artist support grants of $500 to $1,500 to individual feminist women in the arts (citizens with primary residence in the U.S. and Canada).
WESLEYAN WRITERS CONFERENCE. Scholarship and fellowship applications are due March 23, 2018. Scholarships are awarded competitively, and applicants are judged on the basis of promise shown in their work.
The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center’s extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture. Location New York City Public Library.
The Siena Art Institute’s Residency Programs award accomplished, professional artists and writers the opportunity to stay for a month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. Throughout the year, professional artists and writers are guests of the Siena Art Institute as Residents, Project Fellows, and Visiting Artists and Writers
SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION. The SLF is a non-profit arts foundation, modeled on the National Endowment for the Arts, but focused specifically on serving the speculative literature (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) community. The SLF currently offers four grants: The Older Writers’ Grant, the Travel Grant, the Working Class Writers’ Grant, and the Diversity Grant.
BAILEY OPPORTUNITY GRANTS. NOTE: Deadline is in May 2018. However, if you are in the Knoxville, Tennessee area, you need to be aware of this grant. It’s for anywhere from $500 to $75,000, and you might want to become familiar with it now to prepare a grand project for the next grant cycle.
TIN HOUSE WINTER WORKSHOPS. These workshops combine the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast with a weekend immersed in all things literary. The program consists of morning workshops, one-on-one meetings with faculty, afternoon craft discussions, and generative exercises. Evenings are reserved for coastal revelry.